Austria and Italian Dolomites
Austria and the Alps with an Italian Twist
Sweeping bends, switchbacks and amazing mountain passes!
We are going back to Austria and Italy, a similar format to 2018 with however the addition of a fabulous new Alpine tour hotel to enjoy in Austria! The tour starts in Dover where we meet before boarding our ferry to Calais. Once in France we’ll make quick progress to our (half board) transit hotel in Reims, with the opportunity to stop in Cambrai for a late lunch along the way.
Day two allows for a memorable ride over the Vosges Mountains with the opportunity to follow a part of the iconic B500 northwards, after we cross the Rhine into Germany at Freiburg. Our next transit destination is a welcome return to our quality (half board) biker friendly hotel based in the heart of the Black Forest, just south of Freudenstadt. Here we will enjoy a three course dinner after our arrival and a good breakfast on Day Three before continuing our journey onwards into Austria.
We will have the opportunity to ride over the Silvretta Hochalpenstraße High Alpine Road as we complete the Third Day, arriving in the Austria Tyrol and our (half board) overnight tour hotel located in the Paznaun-Ischgl region. MSL Tours have stayed here before so we are assured of a warm welcome and a fabulous evening meal with secure underground parking for the bikes. Further free passes are included in the tour price for the return ride over the Silvretta High Alpine Road!
Day Four and the tour heads east remaining in Austria, towards the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut region in the northwest of Styria. Our impressive, comfortable alpine three night (half board) hotel is situated at over 1,600 meters, after an amazing ride up the fabulous Tauplitzalm – Alpenstrasse. Fortunately there will be no riding restrictions on the Tauplitzalm, with special permits applying to hotel guests! The hotel also boasts garage parking, a drying room and a cleaning area with a jet wash. With breath taking mountain passes, national parks and rides along the beautiful lakes of the Salzkammergut, the region offers countless ride out routes that will ensure you have a permanent smile on your face!
On Day Seven we’ll leave Austria and head for the Trentino region of northern Italy. On the way we will have the opportunity to ride over the iconic Grossglockner High Alpine Road, at 2,504 metres it’s the highest surfaced mountain pass in Austria, en-route to our (half board) tour hotel for the next three nights. MSL Tours returns to this exceptionally elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the Val di Fiemme, where the hospitably, ambience and especially the cuisine was very well received. With many must-ride high mountain passes including the Paso Pennes and the famous four; the Sella, Campolonga, Pordoi and Gardena; combining thirty four miles of sweeping, steep turns winding through some incredible scenery passing the iconic Sella Towers. Make no mistake this is a stunning biking region, with technical well paved roads combined with scenic backdrops that will just take your breath away!
Day Ten of the tour sees us travel north back into Austria to our (half board) hotel close to the Silvretta Pass. There is no better way to do this than over the mighty Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road from the Italian side, the road winds and twists its way up and over the mountain range to a height of 2,509 metres! Lunch at the Top Mountain Crosspoint Café with its panoramic terrace as you cross into Austria. Take a look around the motorcycle museum if you have the time, with over 230 classic bikes on show, representing some 100 manufacturers!
An overnight stay with dinner and a relaxed departure on Day Eleven sees us ride back over the Silvretta Pass and onwards into Germany to re-visit our (half board) hotel in the Black Forest. Our final overnight (half board) transit on Day Twelve to Reims will re-trace our route over the Vosges Mountains. With a relaxed journey from Reims on Day Thirteen to catch the afternoon ferry at Calais for Dover; this amazing tour concludes with memories of riding some of the most fabulous routes and mountain passes in Europe that will last a lifetime!